Saturday, 28 July 2012

Deep Blue Studios: Ivonne and Cesar

I'm leaving the beautiful Celebrity Silhouette in two more cruises and before I do I'm passing on what I've learned as much as I can. So a while ago I took two of the photographers on one of my 'typical' shoots to explain what I do with guests and why I think it sells.

Ivonne is from Colombia and Cesar is from Peru and being the only two Spanish speakers on the team they behave a little like brother and sister so this is how I told them to act for the shoot!

 I always start in the studio as it generates good cleans shots that everyone always wants even if what they thought would be special about a Deep Blue shoot is the shots around the ship.



Then out to deck 5 and the chandelier followed by specialities.





Deck 4, Cellar Masters, Casino and Quasar!




Then up to deck 12 for the solarium.





And up again to deck 14 and the sky lounge.




Finally outside and making the most of Catania as a backdrop.





There are many more pictures from this shoot on my Flickr page, just click on any picture to be redirected. These were just some of my favourites! This is about as many locations as I can manage in a 45 min shoot but there are more locations on board it depends on the time of the shoot and the relationship of the people I'm shooting as to where I shoot. I've had a lot more children recently and that has changed my routes slightly.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my recent work, it's been while since I shared some of the stuff I'm really passionate about!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Blurb photobooks and final panoramas


So, ages ago (things just don't happen on ship fast) the nice people at blurb offered me a free Photobook if I would write about it on here.

I really wanted to take them up on their offer because I'm always looking for new products to use for my photos and to recommend when others ask me what to use.

I created my Photobook one rushed afternoon in Rhodes using the online Bookify design tool. Blurb offer a few ways to create your book but if you just want to drag and drop images onto the page then this is the easiest way. However the slow internet of Rhodes did cause the system to crash a few times. I also chose all the premium paper options because even with those the total cost is not so much compared to studio Photobooks and I wanted to see the quality.

I designed a book to contain my Europe panoramics because these are the easiest images I had with me and with this plan it was very fast to create my order.

Of course ordering from a UK site meant it needed to be delivered to my home address. And it arrived to my Mum faster than the estimated time which is a good thing!

So Mum brought the book with her when she visited me a couple of weeks ago. Here are some images:

So even in my photos you can see the pearl quality of the pro paper I had selected however it is still very papery to the touch. The colours of the printed pages are excellent, the cover however, less so as it somehow lacks a sense of quality.

At the moment, in my Deep Blue Studio, I am selling photo books like those of Graphi Studio and it is impossible to make any kind of comparison between something that costs 10s of pounds to something that costs 1000s of pounds. And it is price that is the point here. If you go on holiday, and have an event and want to keep an album of images this is the way to do it now. There's no need to print and place in an old fashioned album, you go to a company like Blurb (or Jessops online or Photobox) and create one of these albums.

Easy to use, great value for money and much more interesting to show friends and family. And Blurb is not just for Photobooks if you ever aspired to create a real book, story/cookery etc here you have all the tools you need and they will sell it for you, so check them out by clicking their logo above.

Thanks for reading, as a treat I have my final Europe panoramas to share with you as we have now been everywhere (and are just returning to the same places) so I'm not taking any more!


This is Athens as taken from the Acropolis. There was 360 degree views however this is actually the town centre in the middle.


Cantania, Sicily with Mount Etna rising up in the back.


And two views of the Colosseum because I like both!


My next post will be some more Deep Blue examples taken of Photogs. Until then...

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Celebrity Silhouette: The Shows

According to my stats a lot of people read my last post, which is encouraging, however this is still a photographers blog so I feel the need to balance out all those words with a whole bunch of pictures!

We had a cast change on board recently which meant that full rehearsals were done with costume and lighting, so I went to take pictures!

On a standard cruise we have three formal nights and that is when they put on the full productions with the cast that lives on board. The rest of the shows are guest performers.

First up is images from Broadway Nights- the musicals production.








The next show is called Velocity with pop music and high energy dancing.





Can you see the guys right above the audience, then the girls too in the air.





The final show is called Silhouette: The Show and it contains speciality acts making it a kind of circus show.












There's more pictures on my Flickr page and even more on my hard drive if anyone reading this is looking for something specific.

Until next time...